Heart valve disease affects over 1.5 million people over the age of 65 in the UK and while there have been many advancements in the treatment of this disease the unfortunate fact is that far too many people are not being diagnosed and treated early enough. Our aim is to ensure that more of the population is aware of the importance of having their heart checked for heart valve disease, which can often be detected through a simple stethoscope check. With increased awareness we hope to see many more heart valve disease patients get the treatment they need to go on to live full and happy lives.
Behind the work of Heart Valve Voice is the mission to bring attention to a disease that affects over 1.5 million people over the age of 65 in the UK, according to a 2016 Heart Valve Disease Survey*. Awareness of this disease is very low in the UK, despite its prevalence, with an average of 94% of people over the age of 60 being unaware of what aortic stenosis (the most common heart valve disease) is. The disease is easily detectable and diagnosis can involve a simple stethoscope exam from a primary care practitioner.
“Many over 65’s mistakenly believe that the symptoms of valve disease such as breathlessness, fatigue and chest pains are merely a result of getting older,” said Wil Woan, Heart Valve Voice CEO. “We hope to raise awareness of the importance of not ignoring these symptoms, improving the rates of diagnosis and of having your heart checked for heart valve disease, and streamlining the patient treatment pathway.”